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Archive for August, 2010

Aug
23

Cool Tools can be your new go-to place for learning all kinds of Metal Clay jewelry techniques. If you haven’t already visited Cool Tools Learning Center you might want to head on over and view some of these great worthwhile videos.

At Cool Tools you’ll find several different types of technique videos to enhance your jewelry making skills. From Metal Clay Techniques, such as how to condition Bronze Clay to Metal Clay Ring Sizing, we offer the best advise and insights into creating quality pieces of jewelry. The Learning Center is such a great way to improve your jewelry making skills. Learn about Making and Using Bronze Clay Paste or making and using flexible Clay too. Our simple videos are clear and easy to understand so that you can master skills and concepts of each technique such as rehydrating BRONZclay and Silicone Mold Making. Cool Tools wants you to be the best jeweler you can be and have the most fun possible, learn a new technique today by visiting the Cool Tools Learning Center.

Aug
19

It’s going to happen eventually. You are going to have to learn to use a jewelers’ saw….that is, if you want to be the best jewelry artist you can be.

When you have thick wire, a saw is the best choice for cutting. When you want to make jump rings, a saw is the best tool for cutting the coil, when you want to cut through sheet metal of any kind, only a saw will give you a truly clean cut that does not distort the metal. I could not work nearly as efficiently or as quickly without a saw, and once you learn, you’ll agree!

Using a jewelers saw is not as hard or complicated as it might seem; especially when you have renowned Techno-Romantic artist Thomas Mann at your side. Tom has put together a fantastic kit and DVD that will give you a complete education in saw frames, blades, bench pins, and sawing techniques in a wide variety of materials. He’s not only a gifted and well-respected artist, he’s also an awesome teacher who’s popular workshops around the country are hard to get into.

Spend a mere 45 minutes with Tom and he’ll have you sawing like a pro with his zen-like approach and cool, easy manner.

Learn To Saw with Thomas Mann

We have the Learn to Saw kit that comes with the DVD and all tools and supplies you will need to follow along, and for those who already have a saw and the other tools pictured, we also offer the DVD separately.

You’ll find Thomas Mann’s work in many books on jewelery design and creation and in galleries around the world. Here’s a small sampling of some of the cool things you can do with a saw!

Flaming Hearts by Thomas Mann

Tom is no slouch in the jewelry world….he was commissioned by Hilary Clinton to create 300 cuff links and 300 pendants for Christmas presents! (That’s a lot of presents!)

Thomas Mann - The Saw Guy

Bird in Hand by Thomas Mann

Aug
17

Cool Tools can be your new go-to place for learning all kinds of Metal Clay jewelry techniques. If you haven’t already visited Cool Tools Learning Center you might want to head on over and view some of these great worthwhile videos.

At Cool Tools you’ll find several different types of technique videos. From Metal Clay Techniques, such as how to condition Bronze Clay to Metal Clay Ring Sizing. We offer the best advice and insights into creating quality pieces of jewelry. The Learning Center is such a great way to improve your jewelry making skills. Learn about Making and Using Bronze Clay Paste or making and using flexible Clay. We offer simple videos that are easy to understand and view so that you get the whole idea of each technique such as rehydrating BRONZclay or the how-to if Silicone Mold Making. Cool Tools wants you to be the best jeweler you can be and have the most fun possible, learn a new technique today by visiting the Cool Tools Learning Center.

Aug
16

Louise Zack of Ohio is the lucky winner in this months Random Review Drawing. Louise has won a 50 gram package of her favorite silver clay, PMC3. Congratulations Louise!

Louise was automatically entered into our monthly drawing when she reviewed a product on our website. We love when customers write reviews because it helps the whole community to make good choices and feel confident about the products we offer.

As a fun way to say “thank you” to those who take the time write a product review, share a tip or a photo of the work they have created with our products, we select a reviewer each month from those who have participated and they win something fabulous! This month Louise won 50 grams of silver clay. Louise wrote “Wow!! I am so excited to be a winner! I love your products and look forward to using the metal clay!” and she promised to send us a photo of what she makes with her silver clay!

If you’d like to get in on the fun, it’s easy. Writing a review takes only a minute. A review can be a comment about a product, it can be a tip or a shortcut you’ve found, or it can be a photo of something you’ve made with one of our products. Let us all hear what you think and share with us your tips and especially your creations and you’ll be entered into our monthly drawing.

You can find a link to review a product on it’s details page, located below the product photo.

Product reviews submitted by the jewelry making community can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the product page. This is a great way to learn what others think about a product, pick up product tips and see what fellow jewelry artists are doing with our products.  So take a moment to  share your thoughts, tips and creations with the jewelry making community and you may be the next lucky winner.

You can quickly see a products rating in it’s category listing.

Next month the selected reviewer will win a complete Foredom Flexible Shaft kit. We’ll announce the August winner here on our blog the first week of September.

Aug
13

One of the best resources to turn to for techniques and inspiration in metal clay are videos and books. Cool Tools provides you with the best selection of jewelry making Books & DVDs around. Whether you are looking to learn a new jewelry making technique or you want a book of inspiring projects you can follow along and make, our selection of Books and DVDs offers something for every style.

Learn the techniques and skills you’ll need to become the jewelry artist you’ve always wanted to become with help from our hand-selected collection of jewelry making videos & DVDs. Find a ton of helpful information, lessons, and techniques. Learn from experts and inspired designers just by picking up a book or DVD and you’ll soon be handcrafting more beautiful jewelry and wearable art.

Aug
12

We have been working very hard to add more metal clay project videos to the site for you! We are excited about our newest project video – the dill weed pendant project, which is now available in our metal clay learning center. Check out all of our metal clay project videos to find your new inspiration!